Monthly Archives: March 2019

Upcoming April To November 2019 Genealogy Programs Offered By The McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Hi Everyone!

I just received a very nice PDF Flyer from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society about the balance of the upcoming genealogy programs they will be offering for April 2019 to Novmber 2019.

The programs take place at McHenry County College located at 8900 US HWAY 14 in Crystal Lake, IL.

Programs start at 7 pm.

Here is the list of programs coming up for the balance of 2019:

April to November 2019 Genealogy Programs Being Offered By The McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

We have had many of the speakers for our own programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

I do believe it is a new location for where the programs are taking place at the McHenry County College.  I have been to that facility for some other programs.  It is really nice!

See if any of the programs match to your own research efforts.  Check out the society itself at its website at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

How lucky you are if you live close to them in the Crystal Lake, IL area.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 6, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Pinning Together Your Genealogy Past With Pinterest” Presented By Debra Dudek

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.  Visitors are always welcome.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Debra Dudek.    The speaker will present a program titled “Pinning Together Your Genealogy Past with Pinterest.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) April 6, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Debra Dudek, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 12, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the March 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 12, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the March 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow March 12, 2019

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019:

We will have another “break-out” session for our gathering on March 12, 2019.   Our previous attempts proved to be quite a good success.  I would like us to build on those successes and afford those participants the opportunity to meet with those again or sample other groups. 

After an initial introduction of new participants at the start of our normally scheduled meeting and an update on genealogical news items, we will establish our “breakout” groups at approximately 7:45 PM.  We would have these breakout discussions from about 8:00 PM until about 9:30 PM.  These groups would consist of about 7 to 8 participants.  They would discuss some common topic of genealogy that interests them or from which they could learn even more to assist their research from sharing with others in the group and learning from others within the group.

The groups we previously tried seemed to work out quite well.  I want to go with those same groups and am open to suggestions to attempt to add others or delete those that may not have a following.

I want to reconvene the following groups:

Polish Researchers
German Researchers
Czech Researchers
Irish Researchers
Italian Researchers
British Researchers
Scandinavian Researchers
Colonial Americans Researchers
DNA/Adoption Researchers (NEW as of 12/16!)

I will also have a Beginner’s Group that I will lead.

We will also have the computer in the room for anyone to access the internet.

I would also encourage participants to bring their personal laptop or tablets to these sessions and tap into the internet via our WiFi network.  I saw many researchers doing this at our last breakout session and they found it very productive to access internet information while being in one of the groups if they wanted to show something to someone else at the table.

Please remember that the group’s composition is based on the numbers that will participate.  If only one person is present to participate in the Polish group, then we cannot have a Polish group that evening.  I cannot guarantee there will be enough participants to form a group.  In that case I would always recommend participating in another ethnic group of interest if that is also in your research interests or join me at the Beginner’s Group.

The key to this effort is to be flexible in selecting a group to work with.

I look forward to our next “break-out” session on March 12, 2019.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 16, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “What’s New In Technology?”; Presented By Ed Rosenthal

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, March 16, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “What’s New in Technology?”.  Speaker for the program is Ed Rosenthal.

Program description is:

Ed Rosenthal will present his very popular annual survey of emerging technologies. Sharing of the insights he gains from keeping tabs on new developments in the computing and digital imaging scenes will provide us all with a glimpse of what new tools will  soon be available to leverage in our favorite obsession — genealogy!

Speaker information is:

Ed Rosenthal has served several terms over the years as president of CAGGNI and has been doing family research for over 30 years with Family Tree, RootsMagic, Family Search and is excited about the “new kid on the block” My Heritage.  

He’s worked at Pepsi, Rockwell, Motorola and NEC directing engineering and software projects after previously spending over 20 years in the broadcast business building television facilities.  He is a certified Project Management Professional with a master’s degree in project management from Keller.

This will be Ed’s 20th CAGGNI annual “What’s New in Technology” presentation, which was started under the direction of the late Anne Jacobs. He will be presenting his popular annual survey of emerging technologies and share some insights on new developments that we can use in our research. 

For more information: What’s New in Technology?

Best regards,
CAGGNI

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

NEW Colonial America Special Interest Group (SIG) Created By The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI); Starting Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hi Everyone!

I just noticed in the recent March 2019 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Newsletter that the group is starting a NEW Special Interest Group (SIG) for Colonial America.

The first meeting of this newly formed SIG will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm at our library (This is NOT a Schaumburg Township District Library sponsored library program.  The CAGGNI group will just be using our meeting rooms to conduct this program.).  The co-leaders for this SIG will be CAGGNI members Bob Allen and Mary Hoyer.

Anyone can participate in this CAGGNI program.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI.  You do not have to have a library card issued to you by the Schaumburg Township District Library.  All are welcome!

Quoting from the CAGGNI March 2019 Newsletter:

“The first meeting of the Colonial America SIG will take place at the Schaumburg library on Saturday, March 16, at 12:45 p.m., with SIG Co-Leaders – Bob Allen and Mary Hoyer. All are invited to attend.

The SIG has as its objective the study of America’s 13 colonies – their creation, their history including a timeline for each, sources of information, identification of ancestors and relatives, understanding of the geography and an exchange of information by attendees.

Immigration and migration patterns will be explored and in-depth explanations of how to uncover information beyond names, dates and places will be discussed.

Societies will be explained and amazing resources like the “Library of Virginia” and the “Germanna Foundation” will be covered.

The first meeting will include a brief discussion of the colonies as a whole, a presentation by Bob Allen, featuring an extensive timeline of the Colony of Virginia and explanations of resources available online and in libraries that can be used to discover huge amounts of data.

There will be several handouts and opportunities for discussion.”

Please take a look at the CAGGNI website to see all of the variety of the SIG groups that they have.  There are many.

Check them out at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Events

They are an amazingly active Genealogy group!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library